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. >>> and a real scare in syria turns into a real happy ending. tonight we'll tell you how nbc's richard engel escaped from his kidnappers. >> i'm very happy that we're here this morning. >> thanks for watching. it may be a rare moment in gun history, but the nation is focused on gun control following the massacre in connecticut. the national rifle association finally broke its silence on the newtown shooting. a statement released today by the organization said, in part, the nra is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again. the language is similar to president obama's call for meaningful action, but contribution from the nra remains to be seen. but several republican politicians are already headed in the direction of change. michigan governor rick snyder saw republicans in his state legislature pass a bill to allow guns in schools and day care centers. the bill was passed one day before the tragedy in newtown, connecticut. today the republican governor vetoed the bill. according to the detroit news, snyder vetoed the bill because it wouldn't allow sc
issued a new appeal for $1.5 billion to aid those displaced by the fighting since syria. the u.n. says critical assistance is dated for those inside syria as well as the refugees who fled to jordan, iraq, lebanon, turkey and the to. >> the violence in syria is raging across the country and there are really no more safe areas where people can fully and find safety as most parts of the country have now become engulfed in violence, including in damascus. >> the combination of prolonged violence, the scale and scope of destruction, the winter that is already here has just intensified the urgency to scallop response. >> the u.n. says its latest appeal for syria marks its largest short-term humanitarian appeal ever. the u.n. now warns the number of syrian refugees will likely double to more than 1 million in the next six months. the obama administration has blocked a u.n. security council resolution condemning israel's latest expansion of settlements in the occupied west bank. israel has announced the construction of thousands of new settlement homes following last month's historic recogniti
? and richard engel's dramatic escape from captivity in syria in his own words. you're watching "politicsnation" on msnbc. try running four.ning a restaurant is hard, fortunately we've got ink. it gives us 5x the rewards on our internet, phone charges and cable, plus at office supply stores. rewards we put right back into our business. this is the only thing we've ever wanted to do and ink helps us do it. make yr mark with ink from chase. >>> have you joined the "politicsnation" conversation on facebook yet? we hope you will. this photo of a newtown, connecticut, student smiling on his way back to school was inspiring a lot of folks today. mary says this shows how brave they are and how loved and secure they feel. good job, parents and community. buddy says that's why we have to provide a world that keeps them safe. we'll have more on what's being done to help keep them safe coming up next. but first we wanted to hear what you think on this issue or anything else. please head over to facebook and search "politicsnation" and like us to join the conversation that keeps going long after the show e
his team are free after a dramatic firefight in syria where they had been kidnapped and held for five days. >> they kept us blindfolded, bound. we weren't physically beaten or tortured. a lot of psychological torture. they made us choose which one of says would be shot first and when we refused, there were mock shootings. >> we will have more on their harrowing escape coming up. >>> classes for other students are resuming in newtown for the first time since friday's deadly school massacre. as two more young victims are laid to rest today. in washington is the momentum for gun control finally building? house democratic leader nancy pelosi called for a ban on assault magazines like those used to kill the 27 victims in connecticut. >> why is it that somebody needs a magazine with 20 shots in it and have 40 lives at risk? >> we'll talk exclusively with nancy pelosi about what can be done to control guns. and, of course, the looming fiscal cliff. speaker boehner today turns to his plan b. >> our plan b would protect american taxpayers who make $1 million or less and have all of th
this morning after escaping gunmen in syria. they were held for five days before they were freed following a gun fight between the kidnappers and rebel forces in syria. they appeared on the "today" show this morning just hours after they release. here is a bit of the story. >> we were driving in syria about five days ago in wa we thought was a rebel-controlled area. we were with some of the rebels. and as we were moving down the road, a group of gunmen just literally jumped ott of the trees and bushes on the side of the road. there were probably 15 gunmen. they were wearing ski masks. they were heavily armed. they dragged ussous of the car. they had a container truck positioned waiting by the side of the road. they put us into that container truck. we were with some gun men, some rebels who were escorting us. they executed one of them on the spot. then they took us to a series of safe houses and interrogation places. and they kept us blindfolded, bound. we weren't physically beaten or tortured. it was a lot of psychological torture. with regards to being killed, they made us choose which o
of using scud missiles inside syria, the u.s. is now sending to battles of patriot missiles. to a country that neighbors syria and is our nato ally, the nation of turkey. turkey had requested these patriot missile batteries earlier this month. today we found out they are not only getting the missiles, they are getting 400 americans to operate them, ars well. and that will have huge diplomatic consequences of syria decides to project force over their border into turkey. because there will now not be just turks there, but american uniformed military personnel, as well. more to learn other than what is going on in connecticut. the intelligence committee in the senate decided to approve a report more than three years in the making, a report detailing the cia's torture during the bush administration. the senate reviewed the 6 million pages of intelligence documents, now submitting their report which is 6,000 pages on what -- the chair of the committee says the un -- says the classified report uncovers" startling details about the cia and detention program." before the report can be released to
for nearly five days inside syria by an unknown group, richard engel and his production crew have been freed and unharmed. >> here is your first look at scrambled politics. as anti-gun advocates rallied, the nra took down its facebook page. the group has not commented on the school shootings in connecticut. >>> bill chummily is proposing a bill that would criminalize implementation of barack obama's 2010 health care law. >>> senator john kerry of massachusetts suspected to be president obama's choice to replace secretary of state hillary clinton, but because of the connecticut shootings the announcement will be delayed until later this week. >>> some top newspapers are complaining about the mitt romney campaign sending them bills for reporters covering the campaign. they say they were egregious charges for meals and $745 for a vice presidential debate viewing party. >>> and former italian prime minister silvia berlusconi told a tv interviewer that he's engaged to be married. that's your morning dish of scrambled politics. >>> now for a look at the weather, we turn to bill karins with the wea
. >>> ahead on "reliable sources" a harrowing ordeal in syria for richard engel. risk-taking reporters in just a moment. who do you think i am, quicken loans? ♪ at quicken loans, our amazingly useful mortgage calculator app allows you to quickly calculate your mortgage payment based on today's incredibly low interest rates... right from your iphone or android smartphone. one more way quicken loans is engineered to amaze. ♪ >>> richard engel is one of those reporters who just can't stay away from danger from iraq to afghanistan, from lebanon to egypt. magnetically attracted to war zones. i was sickened to learn that he and his crew had been kidnapped what engel later described as progovernment militants in syria. >> hello, how are you? >> sigh of relief. it was announced that he was safe inside neighboring turkey. he later popped up on "today" show to describe what happened. >> a group of gunmen just literally jumped out of the trees and bushes. they dragged us out of the car. >> what followed was a five-day ordeal that is chilling to listen to. >> we weren't physically beaten or tortured.
the fiscal cliff. >>> and richard, save in syria, after being kidnapped with his news crew. he describes those details for us. >>> our plan "b" would protect american taxpayers who make $1 million or less. and have all of their current rates extended. >> well, two weeks until taxes go up on nearly every american, house speaker john boehner is making another game of political chess on the fiscal cliff. he and eric cantor announcing last hour that he would introduce a plan for the bush tax rates of those making $1 million or less. this news comes from president obama placed another counteroffer on the table, his third one in nine days. joining me in kristen welker, nbc news correspondent. chr kristen, what do you make in light of the boehner plan put on the table? the president unupped them here. >> you look at the polls, they show if we do in fact go over the fiscal cliff, the majority of americans would place the blame on republicans. so house speaker john boehner putting forward the proposal that would increase taxes on those making $1 million or more. harry reid already responding. he
. >> and his group from nbc have escaped captivity in syria after five days. nbc news chief foreign correspond richard engel and his production team were seized by kidnappers last week, subjected to mark executions before ultimately being freed after their kidnappers lost a firefight at a rebel-controlled checkpoint. he described the ordeal. >> we were with some rebels who were escorting us. they executed one of them on the spot. they took us to a series of safe houses and interrogation places and kept us blindfolded, abound. we were not physically beaten or tortured. a lot of psychological torture. threats of being killed. they made us choose which one of us would be shot first. when we refused, there were mock shootings. >> there are least seven other journalists missing in syria. those are some of the headlines. this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman with nermeen shaikh. >> welcome to all our listeners and viewers from around the country and around the world. five days after the shooting in newtown, connecticut, that took the lives of 20 childr
on the rise, syria's head of preventing defections decides to defect. your headlines are straight ahead. plus, connecting the dots on sonia sotomayor, health care and a fine. you're watching "first look." >>> some stories making news this morning. toyota says it's reached a more than $1 billion settlement in a case involving unintended acceleration problems in its vehicles. it's one of the largest settlements involving automobile defects in u.s. history. >>> supreme court justice sonia sotomayor has denied two retailers' requests to block part of the federal health care law that requires insurance coverage for contraceptives as of january 1st. the companies, which say the law violates their religious beliefs, face a $1.3 million daily fine if they don't comply. >>> 94-year-old former south african president nelson mandela has been released from a johannesburg hospital after nearly three weeks of being treated for a lung infection and surgery to remove gall stones. >>> "the new york times" is reporting that a syrian military police chief who defected to turkey yesterday was actually in charge
consequences if syria decides to project over their border into turkey. now there will be not just turks there but uniformed american military personnel as well. it's decided to approve a report more than three years in the making. senate investigators spent the last three years reviewing documents. they have now submitted their report which is 6000 pages. diane finestein says the classify report uncovers startling details about the program. before the report can be released to the public and it's not even certain that will happen, the cia gets to review the finding and give their side of the story. andrea mitchell has obtained an internal e-mail from the acting director of the cia to all employees. it says we are well aware this program has been the subject of much controversy. it's important to remember the program was terminated by presidential executive order almost four years ago. general that was an internal e-mail obtained tonight by andrea mitchell. a news day like this tends to occlude all other news except the big story. that is what's going on. we'll be right back. [ woman ] r
to insurgents in syria. >> and he'll be played by peter sellers in the movie. >> the rat deserting the sinking ship. that is the rat deserting the sinking ship. >> how many -- there have been a number of defections at the top of the syrian government. >> lots to go there. >> but the guy in charge of preventing defections is particularly ironic. >> it is ironic. >> is this the end of the beginning or the beginning of the end. just keep watching moscow. as the russians pull away from assad and the syrians, that will be an indicator of how long these guys have to last. 20 # 13 will be the end game. we have to know what comes afterward. we'll watch what happens. >> want to do another paper? >> you want me to do it? >> no, go ahead. >> "the cedar rapids gazette." new numbers show a disappointing holiday sales season with retail growth up less than 1% from last year. some analysts are calling it the worst for retailers since the financial crisis. stores across the country are hoping for a sales bounce after christmas and are doing pretty much anything they can to bring shoppers back into stores beca
. iran, syria, israel, the palestinians, a new constitution in egypt, and all around the periphery of the middle east there are still terrorist elements. and there's a problem in north africa with terrorists. >> and i was also going to add to the conversation north korea. >> that's right. >> you heard the news today, they say they have a missile that could potentially reach the united states. of course it could be weaponized. what's your reaction to that? >> well, we've known this was coming for a long time and we have a missile defense program, a rudimentary program, but it's been in place, put it in place several years ago, and it's designed specifically to handle this. actually we're ahead on that. but they've been relentless bad boys. no matter how difficult their domestic situation is, they've always seemed to find the resources to military power and threatening neighbors and friends and trying to shift technology abroad. it's a rogue regime. it's difficult to deal with. and it adds a complicating factor into the dynamic equation in asia between china and japan and the south c
's go over the ap's top ten stories and start, number ten, syria. >> yeah. that was the only full fledged foreign story that made the list. it was not a big year for the interesting but complicated foreign stories. >> 9, gay marriage. yeah. that was a strong contender. it was an historic year for that cause. absolutely. >> 8, fiscal cliff, 7, u.s. economy. 6, penn state. 5, libya. 4 obama care. why did obama care rise again? >> you know, it seemed people felt that story was never going to go away. it actually started last year, went through this year and is still an unending story. we don't know. people felt it affected their readers, their constituents. >> obviously the supreme court story was huge. but also the election was huge as well where you had a lot of republicans say okay. we'll basically -- it's been, you know, verified by the american people. >> this was the first year i went back, since 1996, that a presidential election did not make the number one spot. it is pretty unusual. it's because of newtown. >> number 3, superstorm. obviously a huge storm, had a devastating i
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